High Price of Ink and Saving with BigCrumbs

My Old But Good Printer

Insanity of the HIgh Price of Ink

Watching TV, a comedian was saying that he just bought a new printer for $46 and then paid $76 for the ink. I found this amusing and ironic since I was expecting two shipments of ink cartridges anytime soon.

Why has ink gotten so expensive to replace? What type of profit does the manufacturer get back on this? It has been told that the companies are taking a loss with the selling price of printers. Some say that they sell printers at cost. Their intention is to make the money back every time you buy ink. It is very much the principal of buying the razor, then paying the high price for replacement blades. But how much should they really charge for ink? Haven’t they gone overboard on this?

To make matters worst, a printer that you bought last year will be hard to find in the stores this year. Not to mention the ink for an older printer. I have a Lexmark Z32 printer which I have had for seven or eight years. Funny it really doesn’t seem that long. In the past, I have always had one extra black and colored cartridge. I didn’t this time around. My printer doesn’t always show when the ink is low. Until a week ago...when printing a document, nothing showed up. Not even a light background of letters. Funny how everything printed out week before that.

I search all the stores in my hometown. Best Buy had the black ink only and it was priced for $36.99. They no longer carried the colored. Office Depot said they had both, but no longer could be bought as a pair. The black was priced for $37.99 and the colored for $42.99. For the two I would have had to pay $80.98 plus tax. For ink!!! Is this insane?

Time for New Computer

This puppy knows that the with high price of ink, it is cheaper to buy a new computer each time with the ink included.
This puppy knows that the with high price of ink, it is cheaper to buy a new computer each time with the ink included.

Don't Spill the Ink!

Ways to Save on Printer Ink

At Walgreens, I could get the ink refilled, which would have been $12.99 each. That’s livable right? I brought the cartridges in, but they both failed the test and were not usable. This has happened four separate times. Though each time, I have received a ticket for 10 free photos for each ink cartridge for my trouble. I’m not blaming anyone; obviously refilling works for others who bring theirs in. Otherwise Walgreens wouldn’t be doing this. This brought me back to my dilemma.

There was no way I was going to pay over $80 for ink at Office Depot. The only answer was the internet. After looking around comparing prices, I went to BigCrumbs to see what online ink stores were listed. Checking through the list, I found that eBay had the best deal. I signed on to eBay through my BigCrumbs account. This way whatever I bought on eBay I would get money back from my purchase (20% for Crumbearners and 36% for Crumbsavers.)

I ended up paying $16.99 for two colored cartridges and $27.99 for two black and free shipping on both. Total came to $44.98. Plus an additional savings with cash back from BigCrumbs.

The same four ink cartridges at Office Depot, it would have come to $161.96 plus tax. What do you think? Did I get a good deal?

(Funny thing about eBay is that I have been a member for several years, but turned down for an affiliate ID to be able to put eBay on HubPages.com)

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What are your views on the high price of ink? 18 comments

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Ink prices stink. My view.


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bgamall 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I hate ink pricing. I like this information, though. Funny!


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Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

Great info. Sandy. I love the picture of the puppy. Cute.


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sukkran 7 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

nice hub sandy.


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

I gave up on home printers due to ink price (I had one just like that Lex)...

The good think about it is that I have been printing much less which at the same time also helps to save our forests :)


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mulberry1 7 years ago

Ink prices are ridiculous. I don't print often anymore so my printer often sits unused. Your tips sound like good ones though and maybe should look into it.


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LeonJane 7 years ago from Australia

It's almost worth buying a new printer everytime you need a new ink cartridge (with the entry level printers). With a Canon printer they come with one black ink cartridge and one set of colour cartridges.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

G'day sandy it's much the same here in Australia.

I've now resorted to buying the cheap cartridges (made in china where Im guessing they are all made anyway).

I have been doing this now for 12 months and at $2 a cartridge I'm well in front.


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AndyPo 6 years ago from London, England

I don't use my printer much, but when I do I have to clean the blocked print nozzles, which uses lots of ink and costs a fortune.


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Good hub!! I fall right into that same dilemma. I haven't used my printer in months because of the price of the ink and trying to find the right one for my old printer.


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

My hubby is actually picking up more printer ink for me today! The ARE so expensive so I thank you for the tip. Gonna check it out and maybe end up saving some money :-)

Rock on!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Sandyspider, BOY did you ever hit a nerve, and much like other things these days I just know there's less ink than before in them... Thanks for the helpful report on High Price of Ink and Saving with BigCrumbs. Peace :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'll pass this to hubby - he's in charge of ink! lol


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

High ink prices are the genius of profits. The companies can literally give away the printer. The consumable ink is where the money is. Thanks for the Big Crumbs tip. Rated up.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

toknowinfo, thanks for the rate up. Yep, with the price of ink, one should just keep buying a new printer.


Rosie888 5 years ago

Love cash back on all of my ink purchases. I'd recommend checking out www.cashreporter.com ... They compare all of the cash back sites so I know the best savings before I buy.


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

Hey Sandy, I have been meaning to catch up on visiting your hubs. When I saw your article on saving money with buying ink I said this is the one to leave a comment on. I always buy my ink at officedepot, and never thought about getting my ink refilled at Walgreens. I gave you a vote up. I will give your suggestions a try!


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Sandyspider 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Hi adrienne2,Sometimes the refills don't work. They didn't with my Lexmark. Just to let you know.

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